Moving can be one of the most stressful events in anyone's life. It's on the top tier along with planning a wedding or giving birth for the first time. But there are ways to lighten the load and make the move easier. The key to any big task is organization and how do you stay organized without a moving checklist?
The move begins weeks, if not months, before the day the 18-wheeler is loaded and carries away your lives in a collection of cardboard boxes. It all begins with preparation and following a few steps in the right order can make the often challenging process of relocating... a lot less... stressful.
We've created a full relocation guide and a downloadable moving checklist for you to use for when you're ready to relocate. Things that you'll need to do before, during and after your move. Read more for some more information... Or just skip to the moving checklist.
While there are some variables that will fluctuate the cost of moving from year to year, there are other factors that are much more predictable. Understand how the distance, time of year and size of your household will impact your move.
No matter how you move, you'll need to get yourself, your family, and your belongings from point A to point B. While it may seem obvious that the cost of moving increases the more miles you travel. some buyers don't consider this factor until the move is in progress.
Understand that the distance you're travelling is directly proportionate to the amount of money you'll spend and do your best to estimate these costs ahead of time with movers or moving truck rental companies.
Your real estate agent probably told you that the time of the year can affect the price your home sells for. You probably didn't know that the time of the year can also impact the amount of money you'll spend on moving. While it might seem like it would be more expensive to move in the wintertime, this is actually the most affordable time to move.
Keep this in mind when budgeting moving costs, so you don't request a quote in the winter and get blindsided by a higher quote when you're ready to relocate in July.
The more people you're moving (or the more items you own), the more expensive it will be to move. While this certainly includes moving furniture, belongings, people, and even pets, it also applies to vehicles and larger belongings, like boats.
In some cases, especially when moving long distances, it may be more inexpensive to sell heavy furniture, items you no longer want, or those that don't fit your home's new layout. This will put extra money in your pocket for buying new furnishings, if needed, and decrease your moving costs.
Deciding whether you need professional help with your move is an important budgeting decision you should make early in the process. While it can be difficult to figure out which route is more affordable for you, there are several questions you can ask yourself to help make the decision.
Moving and packing companies have a variety of fancy boxes that are specific to moving dishes, glasses, clothing and other breakables. Rather than spend money on fancy packing materials, wrap cups and breakables in newspaper, towels, and clothing that you're going to be moving anyway. Instead of paying for bulky clothing boxes, wrap trash bags around large bundles of hanging garments for the same effect.Packing SmartWhile there's no getting around spending money on a new move, there are many ways you can move affordably and save money during the process.
Try using items around your house to pack smartly and save money.
If you’ve been considering downsizing, don’t wait until after you move to see what furniture fits. Instead, save on moving costs by selling anything you’re unsure you want to bring with you. Have a garage sale, list items on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, or throw out anything that’s no longer usable.
Read on for more tricks on cleaning and organizing your home before a relocation journey.
If you're renting, always have a reserve fund set up! You should have at least 3 months worth of rental income put away in an account to help absorb major expenses that will inevitably happen! Having a reserce will make your life much less stressful. It's never a good idea to rely on January pay to pay your January rent.
A couple months before the big MOVING day, begin the process of deciding what will be making the move. Moving a home is not a sale at a closeout store. In fact, it's really the opposite. Everything does not have to go (with you).
The more you can get rid of, the less you'll have to pack and the easier it will be to unpack on the other end. Take time to go through each room, and get rid of the things that haven't been used in a while. Anything that doesn't make the cut should get the boot long before you get to your new place - and preferably placed into a Bin There Dump That dumpster rental.
The devil is all in the details, and with a move of any kind has a seeming endless stream of details. You only have one opportunity to keep things organized and we know this is an immense amount of pressure on you. So you'll need to find a method that works for you - a spreadsheet, a whiteboard, a series of Post-It notes anything to keep track of all the details. You'll need to know all the dates, materials and important contacts.
It's time to start weeding down the materials. Yes, you've already gone through the house once and cleared out the obvious junk - but now it's time for a closer look. Walk through once again and ask yourself if you really need the item. If you haven't touched it in the last couple of months, it might be better for it to be in a dumpster.
No matter how far you're moving, the more you have to take with you, the more expensive and time consuming it will be.
Anyone who has ever had an airline lose a bag knows to put the most vital items in your carry-on luggage. With a move, the same rules apply. Any medicines, important papers, heirlooms, jewelry and anything irreplaceable shouldn't be left to the moving company. No matter how reputable the company is, mistakes happen. Accidents happen.
The key to packing is labeling. The goal is to make the unpacking as simple as possible. As you go from room to room, make sure each box indicates the room in which its contents will eventually reside. This is a good time to make final decisions on all those things you debated getting rid of but decided to wait on. If it's not vital or valuable, get rid of it.
There are a number of variables that lead you to figuring out whether this is a move you can make on your own or if you should hire professionals to help you out. It might be helpful to have a MOVING FOLDER that will include a moving checklist and information to keep track of the various stages of your move.
If you do choose to hire professionals, then you should know what you're getting from your moving company.
A couple of weeks before your move, order or find your supplies. You'll need the basics:
Instead of purchasing boxes, you can visit your local grocery stores after delivery day and pick up old produce boxes. However, used boxes often don't have the structural integrity to protect your valuables. Spending a few extra dollars on quality packing materials is better than the alternative.
Do the most with your research. One of the most difficult things about your new surroundings is knowing where to eat, shop, which doctors to visit and more. If you're moving for job purposes then an HR professional can point you in the right direction but it's always good to get second or third opinions.
On top of doing research on your new neighborhood, it may be worth to research some tips on how to organize and pack your items efficiently! Using the space like a great game of Tetris and maybe saving money on supplies because you didn't need as many boxes as you thought.
One more thing you might need is a storage pod. Maybe your new home isn't ready yet and the temporary place doesn't have enough room. Besides, why would you put everything in a temporary spot only to move it again. Keep your non-essentials secure until it's final resting place is ready.
Yes, we recommend both a dumpster and a storage pod. When you move, you'll have stacks of items you'll want to bring with you, hence the storage pod. At the same time, you'll also have plenty of things you want to throw out, hence the dumpster rental. Here are two reasons why you should use both together:
The world has evolved so much and now when you do have to do something, people will download smartphone applications to help them better stay organized. Here are five that we found super helpful:
Moving already is a huge job and we know it. As you can see there is so much more than just moving your belongings from one place to another. On top of moving, you'll have to make sure that the previous tenants of your new home clean and sanitize so that you're ready to move in... But are you sure they did a good job?
Not everyone takes the time and care to clean a place up the way they are supposed to. This is why it is crucial for you to do a deep clean. The benefits to cleaning yourself before moving in are that it will be clean, sanitary, and free of any contaminants that the previous tenants may have left behind.
When you clean, we suggest starting with your refrigerator so that you're able to put away your perishables. Here are some steps to follow:
Once you have tackled the fridge, it is time to work on the rest of the kitchen. It is always best to start up high and work your way down.
Wipe out all cabinets and drawers with a sanitizing cleaner of your choice. Pay special attention to handles that could have lots of germs and bacteria on them.
While all areas of the kitchen should be cleaned and sanitized, you should spend extra time on the counters. This is where you will be putting your food, plates, and utensils while cooking. It should be extra clean and free of dirt, grime, dust and bacteria.
The next important room is the room that everybody hates cleaning, the bathroom. A lot of things happen in bathrooms that make it necessary to clean. Mold and mildew can easily grow in a shower/bathtub when not cleaned properly. At least touch upon these points when cleaning your bathroom:
Now it's time to clean the rest of the space. The kitchens and bathrooms are the hardest to clean and the most important areas to ensure are sanitized. Once those are tackled, you can dust, vacuum and mop the rest of the home before moving your stuff inside. Don't forget to give a good shining to the inside of windows and a good dusting of any ceiling fans that you might have.
To keep your family safe, a good cleaning is essential to complete before you bring your stuff into your new home. You will be glad you did and feel great about starting with a clean slate.
There are a few things that you'll need during your relocation and these are things that you'll have to book and organize before the move. These are extra services that you may need other than the moving company or service. Here are some other necessities that you may need if it applies to you:
Not sure what you want for your new humble abode? We can make it easy and simple, and what was it? Well, what would you expect from America's leading dumpster rental company, a dumpster rental, of course. We have 5 reasons why you would need a dumpster rental for your new home and would be a great housewarming gift from friends and family.
We advise you to pack up and move what is really, really necessary. Lugging heavy boxes around can be a big pain. Sometimes, even though you packed all that was "necessary", you may be faced with more stuff than you can fit in your new home.
All other housewarming gifts will pale in comparison to a dumpster rental, as it can lead you to a clean, happy, minimalist home.
When your new home is pretty old, you'll probably need to work on it before it can fully be your own home. Whether it be remodeling the kitchen, the bathroom, a room here and there or the house is a complete fixer upper, a dumpster will make all of it so much easier!
The carpets could be hideous and your first order of business could be to get rid of them! Old carpet is heavy and you'll definitely need a bin with tall full length double doors so you don't have to wrestle it up over the sides.
The basement needs a little more love than the rest of the house. You could have plans to make it into any room you'd like but you'd definitely need a way to get rid of any waste and debris - a dumpster rental is your solution.
Maybe it was just a bush out front that you wanted to pull - or maybe you wanted to remove a few walls. No matter what you want to trash, our dumpster rentals can hold items like shingles, topsoil, leaves, gravel, concrete, landscaping materials, etc.
You've just moved into your new house with a ton of boxes and packing material to go around. You'll be accumulating and drowning in boxes by the time you're done unpacking. On top of that, you'll have some packaging from housewarming gifts!
Rent a dumpster to put all the extra cardboard and organize your new home while you're at it! Maximize bin space by breaking the boxes down before throwing them in.
Some realtors offer a dumpster rental as part of the deal when a client buys a home. That can be a huge selling point, especially if the house is going to need some work to be done before move-in day. Realtors also rent dumpsters to get homes ready to stage, if it's good for the realtors, it's good for you too!
You can't wait to move into your home and the first thing you see is unwanted junk by the previous homeowners. Obviously, this junk was not expected and not wanted, so a dumpster rental is the way to go.
A nice empty dumpster rental waiting to be filled by the junk that's occupying the house!
The moment you've been waiting for, or the moment you've skipped to. The free moving checklist that you can use for your own relocation. We've created this in depth downloadable moving checklist with space for notes that you may need to jot down during your move!
Feel free to download the moving checklist to help you organize your move!